By Bill Parry
An 88-year-old man was killed and four firefighters injured in a Sunday morning house fire in East Elmhurst, according to the NYPD. Firefighters received a call just after 4:30 a.m. that a blaze had broken out on the first floor of a two-and-a-half-story brick home on 87th Street.
It took 60 firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control, officials said.
The man was discovered unconscious with severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel, police said.
His name was not released pending family notification.
The four firefighters were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, authorities said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the NYPD.
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